Author Archives: Roger Butner

Six Ways Your Teen Can Invest in a Worthwhile Summer

Sleep until at least midday.  Lay around the house all afternoon using various digital screens, preferably with headphones on to tune out any and all parental input.  Stay up well past midnight interacting with friends via gaming connections or various … Continue reading

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The Wonder Years: Putting My Dissertation Research Into Practice

When I decided to pursue my Doctorate back in the day, I was eager to study the dynamics of family life and entertainment media.  At the time, television was still king, so to speak.  Smart phones and tablets had not … Continue reading

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5 Ways You Are Building Walls Between You and Your Teen

I applaud you for taking the time to take a look at this post – especially since it sounds like an accusation.  Got your attention, didn’t it?  Hopefully, you aren’t placing all these barriers between you and your teen.  But … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Help Your Teen Manage Digital Dating Boundaries

Remember back when you were dating as a teenager, and you wondered why your girlfriend or boyfriend hadn’t responded to your text within thirty minutes?  So frustrating, wasn’t it?!  It’s like, “What’s the problem?  Did I do something wrong?  Is … Continue reading

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Let the Good Times Roll!

“Okay, everyone – raise your hands if you think parades are fun!” Yes, it’ Mardi Gras time down here in Cajun Country.  And, truth be told, my family and I are not really into the whole parade scene.  But they … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Inspire Your Teen to Rise to a Higher Standard

As loving parents, we all want to see our kids thrive, succeed, and reach their best potential. As Christian parents, we want to see them doing seeking and depending on God to lead them on their best path, so their lives will make the greatest impact for His Kingdom. Giving our teens our best as parents means more than teaching them life skills and correcting them when they are out of line. We must also seize opportunities to inspire them. Here are six ways we can do just that. Continue reading

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5 Questions I Dare You To Ask Your Teen!

Asking good questions is a great way to build any relationship. It helps the questioner learn more about the other person, as well as communicating a certain level of genuine caring for that person. Why bother asking, if I don’t really care, right? In the spirit of opening important doors of conversation and facilitating a more powerful relationship between you and your teen, I have five questions to share with you. Continue reading

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4 Signs You Have A Healthy Relationship With Your Teen

Do you ever find yourself wondering how you are doing with with your teen(s)? Maybe you are unsure how to even assess things. Well, if you see any of these indicators in your relationship, it’s a good clue you must be doing something right: Continue reading

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Three things I wish my Dad and I had done together before I left home:

This is not a post about regret or blame.  Let’s be clear up front.  It’s about encouraging fathers to seize the day and share your knowledge, wisdom, experience – share your self – with your teens while they are still … Continue reading

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The Prodigal’s Dad – Lesson Three: Who’s Responsible?

  We’ve all heard the term “helicopter parent.”  The parent who feels compelled to follow around with constant monitoring of their child or teen, ensuring everything goes as planned.  So let me ask you this: have you EVER heard the … Continue reading

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